County Seeking Community Input on proposed Zoning Updates for Wailuku Town

The public provided their feedback on draft zoning amendments during Zoning Workshops held in Wailuku Town.

The public provided their feedback on draft zoning amendments during Zoning Workshops held in Wailuku Town.

Drop in and help shape the next generation of development in Wailuku.  Over the next two weeks the public will have four opportunities to participate in Wailuku town’s zoning update process.  The three workshops and one Maui Redevelopment Agency (MRA) meeting seek to gather ideas, inform and answer questions on the Wailuku Redevelopment Area’s proposed amendments to the Commercial Mixed-Use district of the Wailuku Redevelopment Area Zoning and Development Code.

In 2017, national planning and zoning experts from Orion Planning + Design were hired by the Department of Planning to conduct an audit of the County’s existing zoning tools Countywide. In March of 2018 Orion published a report of their finding and made recommendations to overhaul Title 19  https://www.mauicounty.gov/121/Planning-Department  The Orion team is assisting the MRA and community with the Wailuku town zoning updates.

The MRA is working in partnership with the Planning Implementation Division of the Planning Department to kick-off zoning updates in Wailuku town first.  Last year Wailuku was designated a federal Opportunity Zone by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.  Under the Opportunity Zone program, new investments may be eligible for tax benefits, making Wailuku an attractive place to develop or redevelop.  To ensure new development is in keeping with Wailuku’s sense of place, the zoning for the area needs to be clear, predictable and represent the community’s expectations for the neighborhood.

The community is invited to help with this process at several times and locations.

  • August 22nd Good Shepherd Church, Parrish Hall from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Drop-in any time)

  • August 23rd Good Shepherd Church, Parrish Hall from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (Drop-in any time)

  • August 23rd Kalana Pakui Building, 250 S. High Street, Wailuku Planning Commission Conference Room (Formal Agenda https://www.mauicounty.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=86)

  • August 27th 3:30 – 4:30 PM (Summary presentation with Q&A – Mayor’s conference room, 200 S. High Street 9th floor)

MRA chairman Frank De Rego Jr. said, "We look forward to hearing from the community. This is an important process of refining the details that will improve protections for the things we love most about Wailuku, while creating incentives for context appropriate revitalization."

In addition to the four meetings being held in August, the MRA will host two meetings in September with the expectation of a public hearing to be held in November 2019. Draft versions of the ordinance will be available on the Maui Redevelopment Agency’s website on August 16th. https://www.mauicounty.gov/192/Maui-Redevelopment-Agency

For more information, contract Erin Wade, Redevelopment Program Planner at erin.wade@mauicounty.gov or 270-6258.